Leeds Festival plays Viola Beach on main stage in tribute to band

A short film about the band, who died in a car accident, was shown on the main stage

Following Blossomstribute to the band during their secret set at Reading, Leeds festival came together to remember the late Viola Beach, whose deaths rocked the music industry earlier this year, by showing a heartfelt film about the band on the main stage screens.

Taking place prior to The Vaccines‘ 6pm set, the stage announcer introduced the clip, featuring audio interviews with frontman Kris Leonard, footage from their performance at last year’s Reading & Leeds festival, and tributes from Steve Lamacq and Huw Stephens, as being “made in memory of the boys that sing.” After the video came to an end, the full clip of the Warrington band playing second single Boys That Sing at a BBC Maida Vale session was shown.


“I’d have liked to see more people here for it,” said crowd member George Thornton, 20, from Leicester, “but it was a wicked little documentary they’d put together. It was really fitting. Everything that’s been done since their deaths has been phenomenal, especially Coldplay covering them at Glastonbury, and it was really nice to see the tribute to them here today, too.”


“It was such a tragic thing,” added Lizzy Hall, 19, from Dewsbury. “They had such a bright future ahead of them – you can hear that from listening to the album. Stuff like this won’t ever make up for it, but it’s great to see them being remembered.”

A compilation of Viola Beach’s songs was released as a self-titled album in July, reaching No 1. It was replaced by Blossoms’ album at the top spot. Viola Beach’s song ‘Boys That Sing’ was covered by Coldplay during their headline slot at Glastonbury in June.